“a few dollars more”

Campaign finance reports for 2007 won’t be out for a while yet (the end of the year is, of course, generally a significant deadline not for filing but for end-of-period). An interesting note via e-mail from Steve Novick, one of the Oregon Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate: He says he’s at about the half-million-dollar mark. Will be interesting to see where his main primary competitor, House Speaker Jeff Merkley, lands on the end of year report.

From Novick’s mail: “We’ve now passed the $500,000 threshold for the history of the campaign, but to meet our target for midnight December 31 we’re counting on you to send us a few dollars more. In perspective, that’s more than Bill Bradbury had at this point in 2001 (almost more than he had in April right before the primary). More than Jon Tester had at this point in 2005, more than Ted Kulongoski had at this point in 2001 and way, way more than Paul Wellstone had at the end of 1989. We’re really in a great position to make our case to the voters next year.”

PROMO Novick picked up a favorable review/interview in an online Harper’s Magazine piece, “Watch Out for Left Hook: Six Questions for Oregon Senatorial Candidate Steve Novick.” It mentions, naturally, that he’s running to oust Republican Gordon Smith, but curiously fails to notice at all that Smith isn’t his current opposition: That would be fellow primary contenders Merkley and Eugene real estate broker Candy Neville.

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